Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Welcome the fabulous Rachel Dove... *GIVEAWAY*

 So happy to have you visit with me, lovely lady! Wishing you all the success in the world with your latest release, A LONG WALK BACK - really looking forward to reading this one. Let's get started with my questions...

1.     What do you wish men understood about women?

That just because we have boobs and a uterus, it doesn't mean we are the one who cleans the house or raises the children by default. A woman has the right to work and choose her own duties, just as a man does. Also, you can write romantic fiction AND be a feminist. It's not either or. Same with being a wife or mother.

2.     Do you only work on one book at a time?

No, I often have one getting ready for submission, and another in edits. I have an app that keeps track of all my projects and word counts etc. I am often researching the next book in my spare time. It's just how I work, but every writer is different.

3.     Who is your favorite fictional couple?

Hmm, tricky! This answer would change depending on what I am reading at the time. Will & Clarke's relationship in Me Before You is probably my favourite at the moment. I love the fact that even after they parted, his presence is still very felt in her life. The relationship she then has after is very different, and it comes from healing too, which makes it all the more interesting to study and enjoy.

4.     Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?

I often see inspirational quotes than mean something to me, but I suppose I would say that you have to go for your dreams in life, no matter what they are, and cherish your family. I am in the ideal situation where I have two jobs I love that work around my family, and have a really happy home and work life. I will never ever take that for granted. Be grateful, and follow your dreams.

5.     Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?

I do try to write every day but sometimes life gets in the way. I use my app and keep going daily till I hit my word count on that project. I try to average 500 - 2000 a day. Some days it flows easily, and others it doesn't!

6.  What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?

Facebook for the writing/book groups, Twitter for laughs and catching up with friends.

7.     What are you working on now?

I am currently working on the third and final book in the Westfield series, which will be out later this year from HQ Digital.

8.     Tell us about your latest release and where we can find it

The Long Walk Back is a love story at its heart, and it's about family, and not just making the best of what life throws at you, but about meeting it head on and finally finding your way home. It's out on 11th January 2018 from HQ Digital in ebook.

 Genre: Contemporary women's fiction
Release Date: 11th January 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Does everyone deserve a second chance?
As an army trauma surgeon Kate knows how to keep her cool in the most high pressure of situations. Although back at home in England her marriage is falling apart, out in the desert she’s happy knowing that she’s saving lives.
Until she meets Cooper. It’s up to Kate to make a split-second decision to save Cooper’s life. Yet Cooper doesn’t want to be saved. Can Kate convince him to give his life a second chance even though its turning out dramatically different from how he planned?


Kate was in a real mood; Trevor could tell from the way she pounded across the tent to him. He was doing his rounds, and they had had a good night. A good night here was when they still had the same number alive as the day before. A great day was when there were no casualties at all, but Trevor was hard pushed to remember many days like that.
‘Who’s upset you? Neil whingeing about doing the dishwasher again, is he?’ Trevor asked, and immediately regretted cracking the joke when the icicles from Kate’s frosty glare jabbed him in the chest.
‘Captain Cooper thinks he is hilarious. I’m just waiting for him to call me ‘toots’ and slap me on the behind,’ Kate said, seething. Trevor checked the vitals on his sleeping patient, and satisfied, made notes on his chart.
‘So he’s awake? That’s amazing! How is he doing?’
‘Oh he’s doing just fine, for a male chauvinist pig.’
Kate,’ Trevor admonished, trying not to laugh at her furious expression. ‘How are his vitals?’
Kate pursed her lips, taking a breath to focus on the job. ‘He’s stable, the chest drain is working well. I’m still concerned about his leg though. He has limited blood flow to the area, and I' m worried about sepsis.’
Trevor nodded sadly. ‘So he will probably lose the leg, if we try to keep him alive.’ He rubbed at his temples. ‘Not told him any of this, have you?’
Kate shook her head. ‘I told him you would explain on this morning’s ward round. I wanted to go through everything again, monitor him closely for as long as we safely can before we make a decision.’
Trevor looked at her, his face unreadable. ‘It may not be our decision, it’s up to him.’
Kate looked nonplussed. ‘The evac chopper is coming in two days. At present, he’s too unstable to move. We need to get him home then, leg or no leg. A decision between losing a limb and dying is not a great thing to have thrust at you, granted - but he wants to live, surely?’
Trevor placed the chart at the foot of the bed and started to walk towards the next patient, issuing medication instructions to the nurse as he walked.
‘Kate,’ he began in a tone he might have used to tell his child that Father Christmas wasn’t real. ‘I have worked on men like Captain Cooper since this whole nightmare started. These are army men to the core. Sometimes going home means no family, no buddies, no job, and a lifetime of relying on other people. They are proud, and sometimes, to them, the reality is worse than death. Don’t take anything for granted when it comes to patient wishes.’
‘A boy died yesterday, to save these men. Surely that’s reason enough to want to live?’
Kate ran her fingers through her hair, suddenly feeling tired all over again.
‘Cooper knows that. Better than most, probably. It’s still his decision, he has to live with it. Understood?’ Trevor spoke firmly now.
Kate opened her mouth to argue, but she thought better of it. She respected her mentor, always had, and she didn’t want to argue. Not when the fact that life was so short and precious was evident in every face, every feature she saw over here. ‘Understood.’
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I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses.

In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback, and the follow up novel in the series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.

A signed copy of the book (Open internationally)

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